TomTom releases new tech for autonomous vehicles to better manage roads and weather

The autonomous vehicle technology company TomTom has just announced a new product, RoadCheck, which according to press materials, “directly addresses partner and customer pain points when it comes to creating safer autonomous driving experiences in inclement weather conditions, areas with poor signals (i.e. tunnels) and during road disruption from roadwork.”

TomTom, a mapping service-supplier for safe-driving automation has combined elements of level-four vehicle-autonomy (near fully-autonomous vehicles) with a level-two system that can make lane changes, as well as exits off a highway ramp.

Safe automated-driving has been hampered by adverse weather, poor satellite signal (e.g. in tunnels, by tall buildings, and under tree canopies), as well as in changing environments, such as construction, repaving, and general road repair. RoadCheck uses TomTom’s high definition (HD) map data to define the operational design domain (ODD) of a vehicle’s automated-driving functions.